ACNE & SCARS

From the occasional pimple during times of stress to the recurrent breakouts before menses, acne affects almost everyone at some time of their lives. While it most commonly develops during the pre- and early teen years, it can also arise in the 20’s and 30’s and persist for years to decades.

There appears to be a hereditary tendency to acne particularly the more severe extensive nodular scarring forms. Factors initiating acne are still unclear – areas of research include hormonal effects, acne bacteria and inflammation.

acne treatment

Acne prevention includes avoidance of aggravating factors

Thick creams, certain types of occlusive clothing, and retained sweat or moisture under hats, pads, and helmets. Hair length and grooming products may contribute to acne at the back, neck, and side of the cheeks. While diet has not been conclusively shown to be a factor in aggravating acne, some patients may notice a worsening with certain foods. Currently we recommend dairy avoidance and low glycemic index diet for a minimum of 2-3 months.

There are many effective treatment options for acne including cleansers, topical gels and creams for mild acne, antibiotic or hormonal pills for moderate cases and Accutaneä for severe cases.

Our research in acne

  • Developing new measures for evaluating acne severity
  • A new photoscale for acne severity measurement
  • Developing new measures for evaluating acne scarring
  • Silicone facial models for teaching acne evaluations
  • New treatments continue to be evaluated in research trials for acne.

Acne Treatment Goals

  • It aims to remove acne instantly
  • It aims to prevent spreading of acne
  • It aims to treat acne in a non-invasive manner
  • It aims to minimize the risk of acne scar appearance

Acne Treatment Candidate?

Your doctor would assess your health to determine your candidacy for the acne treatment. However, you may opt for acne treatment if you are suffering from

  • Mild acne
  • Moderate acne
  • Severe acne
  • Acne Mechanica
  • Acne Vulgaris

Acne Treatment Preparation

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure 2 to 3 weeks prior to acne treatment.
  • Use a strong sunscreen (recommended by your dermatologist) to avoid sun damage.
  • Start using skin lightening cream (prescribed by your dermatologist) 2 to 3 weeks prior to the treatment.
  • Avoid skin tanning.
  • Stop using blood thinning medications at least a week before treatment.
  • Avoid applying any cosmetic product on the day of treatment.

Acne Treatment Options

There are several options available for acne treatment. However, following techniques are commonly used by dermatologists.

Topical Treatment

Topical treatment are prescribed by dermatologists to fight mild to moderate acne. Creams, ointments or gels are applied directly to the affected area which are able to kill the bacteria and unclog the pores. These topical products are also prescribed in combination with antibiotic oral medications as an effective treatment to get rid of acne.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are effectively being used for treating acne. Your dermatologist designs the treatment solution according to your needs and skin condition which vary from person to person. An acidic solution is applied to the affected area and left for a while. They can neutralize acne by killing bacteria and resurface the skin by eliminating the dead and damaged layer of skin cells. You may require multiple sessions of chemical peels to achieve the best results.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is considered the best way to fight acne. It works for all types of skin and acne. An advanced technique of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is used that resurfaces the skin, kills the bacteria that causes acne and unclogs the pores which are responsible for acne formation. This treatment involves a delivery of fractionated CO2 laser beams to the affected area in a fractionated manner so that columns of skin are left undamaged. It promotes collagen production and the fresh skin that appears is smooth, even and healthy.

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About Acne Treatment

Acne treatment is as much about techniques and treatments as it is about understanding an individual’s skin. We have gathered a wealth of insight into how skin works. Applying this knowledge, the region’s largest team of dermatologists works to create specialised approaches, customised to every individual’s skin. We bring together medication with advanced formulations and technologies to deliver a truly effective line of treatment for acne. Do take a closer look with the help of the search box below.

Broadly, we aim to address the root causes of acne and deal with the factors that provoke skin into developing acne. The approach is to reduce excess oil (sebum) production, exfoliate skin to prevent clogging of pores, and provide anti-inflammatory measures to reduce the severity of acne. Hormonal medication may be prescribed if absolutely necessary.

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